[LAU] taking the hint lol, remains keyboard ideas anyone?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at shellworld.net
Sun Aug 30 21:02:47 UTC 2015

Hi Len,
I admit to being more concerned about the ability to interface and produce 
what I desire musically then how it feels to play. I can say with 99.9% 
firmness though that I do not want to use my computer keyboard for this 
I  started with acoustic pianos, so yes I like weighted keys, and yes I 
would love an 88 key option.  I will consider smaller though if for no other 
reason than the space.
I can resonate with a real base player finding it hard to play their lines 
on a keyboard.  still when I am composing baselines in my head, much the 
way I compose other things, it is my hope  that the lines will translate to 
a base chart well enough.  I will not know until I try if this makes sense.

On Sun, 30 Aug 2015, Len Ovens wrote:

> On Sun, 30 Aug 2015, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>>  I do not play on stage, or not yet.  Instead my goal with this keyboard or
>>  workstation is to generate the parts,  piano, base, guitar, even drums?,
>>  and
> My first question is what kind of feel do you like? weighted keys are 
> probably needed for percusive instruments like piano, but for strings, organ, 
> and such... maybe not. Personally, as a non-piano player, I prefer 
> semi-weighted and use an old DX7. Anyone used to an acoustic piano will 
> want/demand a fully weighted keyboard. Someone who has started on a B3 for 
> example may not. Also many piano players feel they must have 88 keys. Again 
> this is a personal call. Other people who do note at a time composition find 
> a two octave mini-keyboard fits their style just fine, some even just use 
> their computer keyboard running a virtual midi keyboard in software.
> In general, unweighted keyboards are not velocity sensitive, but semi/fully 
> weighted are. Some chart creation sw is able to change velocity into 
> meaningful notation.
> As a bass/guitar player, I find it hard to emulate my playing on a keyboard. 
> For composing that may not be an issue.
> --
> Len Ovens
> www.ovenwerks.net

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